Cassytha filiformis L.

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Cassytha filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Cassytha filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Cassytha filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Cassytha filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Cassytha filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Cassytha filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Cassytha filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

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Synonyms: Cassytha guineensis Thonn. ex Schumach.
Cassytha guineensis Thonn. ex Schumach. var. livingstonii Meisn.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Parasitic twining herb with green or yellow thread-like stems up to 2 m long, often forming dense masses over vegetation. Leaves scale-like 1-2 mm long. Flowers minute greenish-white in axillary, laxly 3-10-flowerd spikes 1-6 cm long. Fruit a subglobose drupe, c. 6 × 5 mm, surrounded by the hairless receptacle, crowned by the persistent perianth.
Notes: Very similar to Cassytha pondoensis but that species can be distinguished in flower by the much shorter, cluster-like inflorescences.
Derivation of specific name: filiformis: filiform, thread-like
Habitat: Growing on shrubs, trees, grasses and reeds in grassland, woodland, at margins of forest, in vegetation along rivers and lakes and coastal dune areas.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 23 March 2014
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 20 - 21. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 192. (Includes a picture).

Diniz, M.A. (1997). Lauraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 46 - 47.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 80.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 115.

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Flora of Botswana: Cassytha filiformis
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Flora of Zambia: Cassytha filiformis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cassytha filiformis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cassytha filiformis
African Plant Database: Cassytha filiformis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cassytha filiformis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cassytha filiformis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cassytha filiformis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cassytha filiformis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cassytha filiformis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cassytha filiformis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cassytha filiformis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cassytha filiformis
Ispot Southern Africa: Cassytha filiformis
JSTOR Plant Science: Cassytha filiformis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cassytha filiformis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cassytha filiformis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cassytha filiformis
Tropicos: Cassytha filiformis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cassytha filiformis.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124010, retrieved 21 November 2017

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